Coalition delivers additional $100 million for Landcare
The Coalition Government has delivered an additional $100 million in funding for the National Landcare Programme as part of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).
Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said the outcome was a win for farmers and the Landcare movement.
“For more than 25 years, the Landcare movement has been protecting, restoring and sustaining soils, water and the diversity of Australia’s unique plants and animals and its threatened species,” Minister Frydenberg said.
“The additional $100 million in funding we have delivered is further evidence of this government’s commitment to continue this important work. We will continue to support on-ground community projects that harness local know-how and deliver practical and tangible results—including the work of Landcare groups and Indigenous communities.”
Minister Hartsuyker said Landcare was about communities working together to improve productivity through sustainable practices and looking after the environment.
“This commitment to $100 million in new funding is in addition to the $1 billion that the Australian Government already provides to the National Landcare Programme to improve the condition of Australia’s natural resources and environment,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
Submitted by Josh Frydenberg MP & Luke Hartsuyker MP
“This government has a vision for a more profitable, more resilient and more sustainable agriculture sector to help drive a stronger Australian economy—and we are working consistently towards those goals at every opportunity.
“One of the key challenges facing our nation is to boost productivity at the farmgate, while at the same time delivering better environmental outcomes. These are not competing priorities—we can only improve productivity and production if the future of our precious natural resource base is assured.
“Farmers manage over half of Australia’s land mass, and they are some of our nation’s best environmental stewards. Landcare plays an important role in helping connect these farmers with other landcarers, with the shared goal of ensuring our land remains healthy and productive for future generations.
“This additional funding will put the National Landcare Programme in an even stronger position to continue to deliver for our nation’s agricultural productivity and environment.”